Northern Monk calls faithful to crowd-funding prayer

Drinks: Beers, Drinks
Other: Business

Northern Monk has become the latest brewery to go down the crowd-funding route. The Leeds-based brewery is seeking to raise half a million pounds to fund a major expansion programme, aimed at tripling capacity.

Northern MonkIt marks an astonishing rate of growth for a business that started in 2013 in a parents’ cellar, with an investment of just £5,000.

The following year, MD Russell Bisset and head brewer Brian Dickson renovated the Old Flax Store in Holbeck, south of the River Aire. The venue now pulls in over 1,200 people a week, with Northern Monk selling its beer in over 20 countries.

The company plans to use the £500,000 to buy eight 10,000-litre fermentation vessels and invest in a more modern packaging facility.

Should the campaign surpass expectations then the team will look at opening up a second Tap Room in London or Manchester to go with the one it already runs in Leeds.

‘We’re hoping to turnover £4m by the end of this financial year,’ said Bisset. ‘It’s been a wild four years. This is your chance to join us for the rest of it.’

The first round of investment launches on Monday 26 February. Investors will get shares, merchandise and discounts on the beer, depending on their level of investment.

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Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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